Montana’s Longest Table
Farm to table, soil to skillet, fence line to fork, gate to plate – no matter what you call it, events and restaurants featuring locally grown products are springing up across the country.
Consumers are voicing their desire to better understand where their food comes from and eateries catering to this are showing up in large cities and small-town settings alike.
Although individual and unique in nature, approach and layout, the concept is the same: to feature locally grown and produced goods and bridge the distance between the food on the plate and where it started its journey to get there.
Montana is no stranger to this movement.
Here in the Big Sky State, we have a deep heritage linked to farming and ranching. Year after year agriculture is the leading industry in the state and as of 2015 there were 27,500 farms and ranches within our borders. These operations are producing wheat and berries for your morning toast and jelly; they are raising the important protein sources of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and goat served at Sunday dinners; they cultivate everything needed for an amazing salad, lentils to spinach and even produce the base ingredients for your evening cocktail of choice- hops, grapes and corn.
The average Montanan is no stranger to eating local, in fact food may be as local as their own backyard. But as generations become further and further removed from family farms and ranches, the “eat local movement” has endeavoured to educate younger generations of the potentials of local agriculture and provide confidence for consumers in their food choices.
This year in the Heart of Montana, the Lewistown community is holding a similar event.
Montana’s Longest Table will take place on Saturday, June 24th with dinner being served at 5:00pm. Local restaurants will offer small entrées featuring local products, grown and produced by local farmers and ranchers.
The “longest table” will sit on 2nd Avenue, seating 200 people and representing the camaraderie and connection for which agricultural communities across the state are so well known. The event will also feature educational displays, a petting zoo and live music later in the evening.
If you are interested in attending or would like more information, contact Jennifer at the MSU Extension office at 406-535-3919.
Tickets are limited so save your seat for Montana’s Longest Table!
Abby is a third generation farmer and rancher, and works alongside her parents on their family operation in Central Montana. They raise Black Angus x Hereford cattle as well as small grain crops and alfalfa. She is a University of Montana graduate with a BS Sociology and MBA, as well as UM Dance Team alumni. She is passionate about seeing agriculture thrive, educating people about where their food comes from, and what it takes to produce it. She loves the country life. She fills her free time teaching fitness classes, working from home in marketing, researching new endeavors for their ranch, exploring a photography hobby, volunteering her time to encourage entrepreneurial growth in their community, and just about any activity that allows her to be outdoors.
You can find Abby on Facebook as Abby Majerus and connect with her on Instagram as @montanaabby.